Fons & Porter Blog

From the expert quilting staff at Fons & Porter, we welcome you to our quilting blog filled with rich content, perfect for quilters of every level – whether you just picked up the bug or have been quilting for years.

Here, you’ll find quilting techniques, tips and tricks from quilting experts aimed at helping you improve your skills one step at a time. You’ll also find information about quilt styles and blocks, like our popular BLOCK Friday series where we profile different quilt blocks and give you suggestions on using them in your quilts. We also talk about some of the important questions in quilting like how to bind your quilt and whether or not you should prewash your quilt fabrics, along with some surprises.

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QCA Retreat Group Comes to Visit

We were thrilled to have a Quilter’s Club of America (QCA) group come to visit the shop today. They are a group of quilters who organized a retreat amongst themselves via the QCA website. Many of the quilters had been looking forward to this trip for years. They will be staying in Des Moines over…

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Yes- you can take it with you!

With all of the fun techy devices that we carry with us, how would you like access to favorite quilting magazine any time, any place? Now, when you take your computer, tablet, or smart phone with you to visit your quilting friends, on vacation, or to the quilt shop, you can access Love of Quilting…

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Don’t you just want to go sew something?

A friend brought her quilt in the shop to show us her 4th  of July quilt top.  It’s made from some of the patriotic and Quilts of Valor fabric we have in the shop. As we were admiring her quilt,  we were talking about how the weather just makes us want to smile and sew! Do…

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What are the Tried & True quilt blocks all about?

Have you noticed the Tried & True quilt blocks we feature with projects in both Love of Quilting and Easy Quilts? These little gems are useful in so many ways. We create these blocks to give you optional fabric suggestions for the quilt featured.  But their main purpose is to test the written instructions. Our Sewing…

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So–what’s going on this morning?

Here are a few pictures snapped this morning, here in Winterset.  Some of us are at IPTV taping our next PBS series this week or scheduled to go later today to help out, but here’s a quick trip around to see what’s happening! Laura, our Website Assistant comes in early every day and brings her…

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Best of Scrap Quilts and Table Toppers is here!

Everyone has their favorites! You’ve spoken and we’re delivering! We are so excited to tell you that Best of Fons & Porter Scrap Quilts and Best of Fons & Porter Tabletop Quilts are now available at Shop Fons & Porter! You’ll find skill levels from easy to challenging, and quilts and table toppers for every season…

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What?— me English paper piece?

Our sewing specialist Cindy said she would never English paper piece. She tried it and why frustrate herself again when she can piece other shapes on a machine? Mind you, she’s tried about every tip and technique there is to piece blocks for magazine test blocks in Tried & True and Sew Easy steps, and…

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Did you ever wonder how to put those neutral batiks to work for you?

Since a trip to New York, our Editor, Jean Nolte has had her eye on Timeless Treasure’s Tonga Sugarplum collection of strips and squares.  She also likes the shy tones of their neutral batiks and wanted to use both together with her favorite accent color— a beautiful royal purple. As soon as Jean got back to her room, she…